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Scratch Build – Complete Cygnus X1.

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Attila, 18 Sep 2008.

  1. turboshifter

    turboshifter What's a Dremel?

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    i can't believe you're completely covering up the structure
    that is why i loved it so much!

    keep the angled modern look please for the sake of all the time you spent on it!
     
  2. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    Thanks MM, b4oz and spenc. :)

    Don't worry turbo, I'm not going to destroy the chassis, it'll still be there and can be
    viewed anytime. ;)
     
  3. FrooP

    FrooP can I eat this?

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    i came here expecting updates.. i leave disappointed :(
     
  4. Bullitdodger

    Bullitdodger If it ain't broke....Tweak it.

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    Cygnus X1

    A "Rush" reference?
     
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  5. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    I'll mark each update in the title by post number from now on. :thumb:

    A Galactic reference. ;)



    As it turned out it was over 40 degrees here today (and god knows how hot in the sun),
    and as wood cutting must be done in the sun no work was done modeling the shell.
    But there is plenty to do, and in the afternoon with shade in front of my workshop I could
    work on the drive side cover.

    I'm making a cover here because the drives and their wiring is just too ugly. But care needs
    to be taken because I don't want to lose the functional, machine like look of this area.


    The spacers that are available to me are not long enough.

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    But it's a simple matter of joining two together to get the required length.
    Some 3mm screws are cut down to make studs.

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    And then the thread is locked with this stuff.

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    And now the correct length.

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    I made four, though not sure how many will be needed.

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    Then the cover was marked up in 1.6mm sheet.

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    Cut and filed.

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    And bent.

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    And it looks like this on the chassis.

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    And with some mesh taped in (and a lump of alu on top to hold it).

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    It's still a bit too clean but fittings to hold the mesh and the cover should give it back
    an edge. Also the front part has been left open to show fittings, edges, spacers etc to
    keep it machine like and "busy".
     
  6. FrooP

    FrooP can I eat this?

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    yes, updates! thanks, i love this build <3
     
  7. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    Looks great! I agree, it will look even better with some more hardware showing (nuts and bolts hardware, i mean)

    and am I the only one who wants to make a joke about the nutlock?
     
  8. Spyrious

    Spyrious Modding all the Time

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    Very nice.I wound prefer the look as it is now without any wood or other cover except clear acrylic maybe.Keep on going.
     
  9. turboshifter

    turboshifter What's a Dremel?

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    i love the hdd cover thing
     
  10. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    @Modminded - Nutlock is similar to friction seizing...OW! (Happy?)

    Nice cover. You could sneak some red LEDs in there for a nice StarTrek look.:D
    Quality scratch building is almost never cheap, unless you do a junk salvage build, or have the materials fall into your lap.

    @Mantronic - Join the design competition!!!! :D
     
  11. r4tch3t

    r4tch3t hmmmm....

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    Great work there, love the cover looks great. Your bending skills are legendary. :thumb:
     
  12. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    @Cheapskate Nutlock is similar to friction seizing...OW! (Happy?)

    Is that like tongue on the flagpole below zero? Saw that movie.

    The Pain, the Pain!!!!

    john
     
  13. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    Thanks FrooP.
    Thanks Spyrious.
    Thanks turbo.
    Thanks cs. Lighting would be cool. Red? I don't know.
    Thanks r4ch3t.
    Thanks mm. I didn't think of that. I guess I'm concentrating too hard. :lol:


    Finished up the drive cover, a lot more work than it looks.

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  14. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
    It's been said before and will be said again I'm sure... That looks perfect nude. You could say Done, and no one would argue... well someone might, this is the internet after all... :sigh:

    The dichotomy of the interior and the exterior shell as I understand your description will be controversial (yet supportive, ain't BT great!) around here. ;) Can't wait to see the unveiling of the veil, so to speak.

    The work you did made a huge difference in comparison to the last update... and the last update was slick! :thumb: Love the bolts... are those acorn nuts I see?
     
  15. spenc259

    spenc259 in the build stage!!!

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    i have to say that i was on the build a shell side of the fence! but now i have swapped sides!! everytime something new is bolted on to the case it looks closer and closer to becoming finished. what i mean is that with adding the mesh it looks like you are building the shell into the frame a bit like a house! bit by bit the outer shell is coming together.

    as the design stands it looks perfect. if you were to carry on the mesh theme then you wont need a shell!
     
  16. pimonserry

    pimonserry sounds like a party.

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    That last bit, the 'HDD cover' is real nice, although I could say a few too many bolts/whatevers were put in.

    This is real nice so far though!
    Also, I'm not a fan of the three big ridges you placed in front of the fans a while back, something more subtle would suit it better. :thumb:
     
  17. perkins teh modder

    perkins teh modder What's a Dremel?

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    suhweeeett!

    it looks amazing. keep it up :)
     
  18. Oreon_237

    Oreon_237 CHEA BRO!

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    awesome metal bending skills. will that cover be anodized?
     
  19. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    Thanks a lot guys. :thumb:

    I need to stress that all that you see will not vanish once a body is put on, perhaps
    it's better to think of a nice surprise every time the shell is popped. ;)
    Yes mm, we call em dome nuts, I put em on the outside because it didn't look like
    there was enough room (the hard drive ). But on closer inspection there is just enough
    space, so I flipped them around.
    Yes Oreon, there are still a few parts to make before the second (and hopefully last)
    trip to the anodisers.

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    I'm very happy with this cover, I thought it may change the shape of the chassis too much
    but it just makes it chunkier.

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    The front is pretty much finished except for the shell locking bracket, so time to tidy the fan cables.

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    Just using some sleeve left over from the last project. Some connectors and extensions
    were soldered on here.

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    Not hidden but tidy. Will be even less visible when the DVD drive is in.

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  20. r4tch3t

    r4tch3t hmmmm....

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    It blends in quite well, I think it looks good.
     

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